A near X-class solar flare that erupted on the sun on August 3rd has sent a powerful coronal mass ejection toward earth which has overtaken two previous CMEs and combined with them. Analysts at the GSFC Space Weather Lab believe that the combined triple-CME will reach earth around 6 AM US Pacific Time on August 5th, give or take a 7 hour window.
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See the beautiful ivy growing up that wall? On closer inspection, those leaves turn out to be–solar panels! And we may really need them soon, if sunspot activity turns off our electrical grids. This new product is called Solar Ivy and the first location in the United States to apply it is the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, because university buildings–both here and in Europe–traditionally have ivy-covered walls.
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Mysterious particles are coming from the sun and now mysterious WAVES are too. A huge storm on the sun on June 7th spewed out a massive amount of solar plasma. Astronomers can’t figure out why the sun’s corona is thousands of times hotter than usual.

The Daily Galaxy quotes NASA’s Leon Ofman as saying, "One of the biggest questions about the solar corona is the heating mechanism. The corona is a thousand times hotter than the sun’s visible surface, but what heats it up is not well-understood. People have suggested that waves like this might cause turbulence which cause heating."
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A well-known characteristic of decaying matter–the rate of which has always been constant–has suddenly started behaving mysteriously, and this seems to be caused by a mysterious particle emanating from the sun. In recent years; the carbon decay rates of radioactive elements have begun changing: The decay rate is slightly faster in winter than in summer. Since the Earth is closer to the sun during the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere could the sun be influencing decay rates?
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